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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – In a pair of recent Genome Research papers, two research teams applied genetic and genomic approaches to learn more about an industrial Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain called PE-2 and other yeast strains that are being used to produce biofuels.

The PE-2 strain, which ferments sugar cane, is used by nearly a third of Brazilian distilleries. The microbe has garnered attention in biofuel circles, since Brazilian bioethanol projects typically rely on sugar cane as a feedstock rather than grains.

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